Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World (Paperback)

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    Kwasi Kwarteng was born in London to Ghanaian parents in 1975. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won one of the University Classical Scholarships and graduated with a double first in Classics and History; and at Harvard University, where he spent a year as a Kennedy Scholar. He returned to Cambridge to complete a Ph.D in History, before working as an analyst for a hedge fund in London. He was recently elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament.
    Kwasi Kwarteng is the child of parents whose lives were shaped as subjects of the British Empire, first in their native Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a unique perspective and impeccable academic credentials to a narrative history of the British Empire, one that avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and instead sees the Empire for what it was: a series of local fiefdoms administered in varying degrees of competence or brutality by a cast of characters as outsized and eccentric as anything conjured by Gilbert and Sullivan.

    The truth, as Kwarteng reveals, is that there was no such thing as a model for imperial administration; instead, appointees were schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. As a result the Empire was the product not of a grand idea but of often chaotic individual improvisation. The idosyncracies of viceroys and soldier-diplomats who ran the colonial enterprise continues to impact the world, from Kashmir to Sudan, Baghdad to Hong Kong.

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    ISBN 9781610392327
    Genre HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
    Format Paperback
    Pages 466
    Publisher Date 2013-05-28 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Public Affairs
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.25 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kwarteng, Kwasi
    Country of Origin United States
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